Some days, your house seems to have tentacles that draw you in and keep you there. No matter how hard you try, you can't escape until you are late. Your house just isn't happy until you're late. You are not alone!
But there are ways that you can outsmart your house. If you can plug your ears and hum, you may already have the skill needed to succeed.
Getting out the door is yet another facet of the Bad Morning. It's especially bad if you have a family. Don't get us wrong, families are great, but they don't usually help us get ready to leave the house faster.
In fact, we have observed in some households that family members will only get ready to leave when someone else starts getting ready. But no one wants to start first. What happens when this system fails? The house wins. Made you late!
The Morning Putterer. You prefer to do chores, read the paper or surf the Internet in the morning. Many days, before you know it, you end up spending so much time puttering that you don't have time to shower before you leave the house.
The solution to this problem takes some discipline, but here goes: Get ready first! Focus on ONLY doing things that will help you get out the door. Make sure to do EVERYTHING that you need to do: pack your lunch, get papers ready to go, find your coat/keys/handbag/water bottle, etc. Then you know how much time you have to spend puttering and you can still leave at the last minute if you want to.
Clocks May Help
Despite what you may think, the clock is not your sworn enemy. Start collecting clocks, enough so that you have one anywhere you spend a lot of time in the morning.
Places to keep a clock:
ADDers usually do best with "analog" (non-digital) clocks. It gives a more visual sense of how much time you have left. Somehow, it doesn't seem as urgent to see a digital display reading 7:55. But it does seem urgent if you look at an analog clock and realize that it's practically 8:00!
If possible, buy clocks that have numbers on the face and not just marks (or no marks) in place of the numbers. Trust us, you do not want to end up an hour late, or an hour early, because you misread the clock.
Other Ideas For Getting Out The Door:
When Getting Out the Door Isn’t the Problem…
Sometimes harder than getting out the door, is getting something accomplished on a day that you have no reason to leave the house. We are talking about:
We thought we should address those days when you really should be doing something, but you find yourself wandering aimlessly around the house in your PJs or mindlessly on the computer playing games or surfing the web. Here are some suggestions for days that are usually spent this way:
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